The K-State Research Exchange (K-REx) provides a safe, permanent, open access digital archive in which faculty can deposit their journal articles, book chapters, and other scholarly work. K-REx is indexed by Google, Google Scholar, and other search engines, so having an item in K-REx greatly increases access to and the potential readership of a publication. Over 200 K-State faculty have deposited their work in K-REx, and those items have been downloaded thousands of times.
The Library handles all aspects of depositing items in K-REx including metadata description, copyright compliance, and assigning a permanent URL. With Kansas State University’s recent signing of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, K-REx provides a vehicle for faculty to meet the Open Access requirements of the Berlin Declaration: to ensure all users have free access to their work and that their work is deposited in an online repository using suitable technical standards.
This demonstration will highlight the ability of K-REx to increase the impact of faculty’s scholarly work. Visit K-REx at krex.ksu.edu